This is going to be long. My thoughts on the official first night of the new Monday Night War:
TNA did a smart thing with the opening. They immediately set themselves apart from WWE's PG product with cursing and blood. Unfortunately, they both came from an elderly Hulk Hogan, but whatever. How bout those hair extensions he's wearing? Hey Hulk, having blonde extensions clipped on to silver hair doesn't look very good.
I don't mind WWE being a PG product on their weekly TV shows, but there are times during PPVs when blood would really get a match over. Think of Stone Cold screaming in agony while bleeding in the Sharpshooter at WM 13. Do you think that image would've been nearly as powerful and been able to establish Stone Cold as a top talent if he wasn't bleeding profusely? I wouldn't mind seeing WWE take a PG approach for TV and a PG 13 PPV.
TNA failed in that they didn't let ANYBODY have time on the mic without immediately being interrupted/sneak attacked. They have to assume a lot of people are watching TNA for the first time tonight. They didn't give one wrestler the time to build a persona. The only people that got time on the mic were Hogan and the nWo. That makes sense. They're concentrating SO much on having top tier ex-WWF/WCW talent, that they're forgetting about the middle card. RVD is awesome but he's going to get lost in the shuffle of main eventers there already. Case in point: RVD squashes Sting, Sting assaults him with a bat, and who comes out? HOGAN. It's always about Hogan. Somehow they managed to make the debut of a huge signing be about Sting and Hulk Hogan. It'd be great if TNA would go through their roster and cut all the has-beens (or never-weres). How much better would Impact be without Hogan, Flair, Nash, Hall, Sixpac, Sting, Bishoff, Foley, Jeff Jarrett, Nasty Boys, and yes, even Team 3D. Move to the side, old men, let somebody else have your spot.
As far as RAW goes, it was okay. I know somebody said that they thought the Undertaker/HBK match was going to end in a double countout. I love the stipulation of no disqualifications, no countouts. There's going to be a clear winner, and that's awesome. That was a great opener. The Triple Threat with Legacy and Orton was very good and I'm glad Legacy got the win. I have no idea what they're going to do at Mania, though. Probably another Triple Threat, but there has to be some sort of stipulation. The main event ended a fairly decent show (if lacking in actual wrestling) on a bad bad note. What a horrible regurgitation of a Vince/Stone Cold match. Speaking of...
Steve Austin hosting next week's RAW is going to be awesome. TNA better have something big to counter that. I hope WWE brings back JR just so he can shout, "STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD!" Not only will Stone Cold be there, but WWE already announced THREE main events. Cena vs. Big Show, Jericho vs. HBK, and HHH vs. Randy Orton. Also, Bret Hart will be there for a contract signing. WWE may not see TNA as a major threat, but it sure seems like they're coming out with guns blazing.